My Many Non-Supermom Capes (Recipe: Big Batch Pancakes)

I’ve admitted it before on my blog and honestly, don’t have to say this outloud because it is very clear to those who know me that I am not “Supermom”. Supermom has never been one of the cape’s hanging in my closet. I have plenty of the “forget to pick your child up from preschool” mom capes and “lock your keys in the car with your kids in it” mom capes, but no supermom capes. Oh, and how could I forget my favorite cape… “Your kid is yelling out curse words in Target” cape. That’s my favorite. Oh yeah.

It is funny to me how something as simple as making a big batch of pancakes, flash freezing them in the freezer, and then heating them up for a hot breakfast for the kids on a busy school morning makes me feel like I could at least have part of the “supermom” cape. I know… it isn’t anything huge, feeding your kids pancakes for breakfast. Sometimes, however, it is that little extra effort that pushes you into the category of actually feeling like you have your act together for once. Days where I feel frazzled to get all 5 of us ready and out the door by the time the school bell rings, having a hot breakfast for them makes me feel a bit like “supermom”. Do you think I can maybe trade the “ooops….I forgot to feed my kids breakfast this morning, here have these smooshed up graham crackers that have been in the diaper bag for six months” cape for an “occasionally when the stars all align I seem to have my act together” cape? Yeah… alright. I didn’t think so.

Big Batch Pancakes

Makes: 30 Pancakes

4 cups all-purpose flour
8 Tbs sugar
8 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 eggs
4 cups milk
1 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla

  1. Heat your pan or griddle to medium low heat.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix together. Next, add in the liquids and eggs. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour the mix onto the griddle by scant 1/3 cup. When bubbles form on top, turn over and cook until golden.
  4. To flash freeze pancakes allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, place pancakes, 6 at a time, on a large cookie sheet. Put them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove and place in an air tight storage container or freezer bag and put back into freezer until ready to use. Continue until all pancakes have been “flash frozen”. Why flash freeze? Why not skip that step and just stick them in the freezer?  Flash freezing each pancake individually allows you to stack them after wards for storage without each pancake sticking to each other. That way, of you want to take out 1 pancake or 5, you can grab them each individually without worrying about breaking and sticking.

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  1. says

    I think most moms try too hard to be what TV shows us they should be. I think your beautiful kids are proof that you’re doing just fine.. and you ARE a super mom, just not a super neurotic mom. :)

  2. says

    I LOVE this! I *really* try to make pancakes before school and freeze the extras. This morning, we had TWO extras. Um, that’s not gonna work. Can you believe it never occurred to me to make a bigger batch?!?

    Bookmarking your recipe…and it looks like I’ll be making it tomorrow! 😉

  3. says

    Do you reheat them in the microwave, toaster or on a griddle? I’ve thought about doing this (because I’m lucky if I can get a PopTart on the table in the morning), but didn’t know how to reheat them.

  4. says

    I’m not going to lie. I don’t have kids. But I do have a very busy schedule and something of a sweet tooth. So this big batch may have to go and feed me and the husband for a couple of weeks. What a great idea. Thanks!

  5. says

    LOL, I had a good time reading your Target episode here….I commend you for being TRUTHFUL and HONEST about the whole motherhood journey! This is a great recipe and idea, sometimes my son will ask for pancakes on a random Thursday when I’m just trying to get them out the door. Thanks for the great tip!

  6. says

    Agree w/Amber Kristen – you ARE a super mom – just not a super neurotic mom which is what your kids will remember when they get older! And I also make an entire batch of pancakes, then freeze – even though I don’t have kids still at home, I do have a Professor to get out the door pretty early in the mornings – having a stash in the freezer is terrific!

  7. says

    The more I get to know moms and since becoming a mom I firmly believe there is no such thing as a supermom – those we see as such are usually women we don’t know very well. I do believe there are some women that find being a mother more natural than others though.
    PS those pancakes look delicious!

  8. says

    It’s so nice to hear from other moms who struggle in the morning… I was apparently wearing my “meanest mother in the world” cape this morning, at least according to my 7yo. Maybe she just needed some pancakes for breakfast. =)

  9. says

    Great post and I’m sure all of us can relate to it. Well, except for the dads, but you see my point.

    We do the same thing with breakfast. My hubby is the pancake maker and makes HUGE batches every two weeks. It starts the kids’ days off with something wholesome and filling, and makes my life a lot easier.

  10. says

    Hahahahha…I literally have tears in my eyes. I am right there with you on the graham crackers only mine was a pack of Nab Peanut Butter Crackers. Oh my goodness do I need a new cape :) I have frozen pancakes once or twice but not in a while. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. says

    In my very humble opinion…you are a super mom. Your kids get fed, right? Have clothes on? Know where you’ll be when they get home? Get homemade pancakes mixed up with the occasional pack of crackers?

    Trust me, many kids would feel that is ‘super’ so how about you wear the ‘I May not always feel it but I’m a super mom’ cape today?

  12. says

    You have four kids? That puts you in the super mom category by me. I see other moms who seem to have something or other perfect – perfectly clean closets, perfect clothes, clean houses, perfect schedules. I’m just not cut from that cloth. But I do love my daughter…perfectly! And she would love these pancakes! How perfect is that!

  13. says

    Aww cute post! To be fair though, my mom did all sorts of crazy things when we were kids and all of us still turned out okay. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. so really, just think of it as endurance training for your kids 😛

    These pancakes look awesome. The perfect fuel for mom-induced boot camp!

  14. says

    Oh this is SO me! Most Sunday mornings before church are the worst! We are racing around, and it’s usually 5 seconds before we walk out the door that I realize I didn’t feed the kids. So, sippy cups of milk and a banana each are what we end up doing. Pancakes would be a complete upgrade! :)

  15. says

    I LOVE this post Kristen!!!……..and I was so proud of myself last year when I made a big batch of pumpkin pancakes and I froze them (instead of tossing) and boy did we enjoy having those almost more…….no work, just yummy in my belly! haha!!

    Wear those capes proud girl!!


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